The Top 6 contestants split up into two teams and have 75 minutes to prepare an entrée for a guest list that includes firefighters, professional softball players, construction workers and pilots. Also appearing are Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef of the Muppets.
The Top 12 cooks split up into two teams and head for the great outdoors to serve Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and their troop leaders a pork chop entrée and two side dishes. Later, the losing group must make a box of macaroons in a pressure test.
Six kids who have gone home get a second chance to reenter the competition by participating in two challenges that involve breaking apart a chicken and using the parts to make unique dishes. Richard Blais makes another appearance as the guest judge.
Richard Blais is the guest judge when the Top 12 cooks split up into teams of three and have 10 minutes to make as many pies as possible. Later, the contestants must use a blowtorch to make an appetizer, entrée or dessert using ingredients from the "MasterChef" pantry.
Former first lady Michelle Obama oversees a mystery-box challenge for the Top 14 cooks that's inspired by the White House garden. Later, Julie Bowen is the guest judge for a challenge when the kids create a dish in honor of their mothers.
The Top 20 cooks compete in the first mystery-box challenge of the season, which involves both sweet and savory ingredients. Later, the contestants try to duplicate one of Gordon Ramsay's signature seafood recipes. Chef Aarón Sánchez is the guest judge.
The Season 5 premiere introduces 16 contestants competing for eight of the Top 20 spots, but once they're split into four teams, each tasked with a specific dish, only two cooks from each group will advance to the next round of challenges.